Monday, June 02, 2008

Tom Pickett opens Acting Studio!

Pacific Theatre fans tend also to be Tom Pickett fans - MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS, TENT MEETING, DRIVING MISS DAISY, etc, etc, as well as many roles at Bard On The Beach, The Vancouver Playhouse, and other Vancouver theatres. Even if you don't know Tom offstage, you won't be surprised to learn that he's one of the most big-hearted, generous, kind and nurturing people you'll ever meet. So it seems to me a very exciting development that Tom and his wife Jackie are opening an acting studio! I can't help but think that his soulful, welcoming, encouraging presence will create an environment where people really can be free and confident to create, and to grow in the craft of acting. As Tom wrote in an email to me, his heart is to "create a safe place for kids and adults to come and be bold, fearless and inspirational."

Kids Only Acting Classes (est. 2003) and Chameleon Studio (est. 2007), founded by Film Industry Professional Michele Sands Partridge, will have a new owner August 1, 2008.

Its time for me to take a break, says founder and current owner of the acting studios, Sands Partridge. It was not an easy decision for me as its been such a pleasure for me and for our wonderful instructors to have guided such talented actors of all ages with their quest in learning the craft of acting. We have such a growing acting community here in South Surrey, so I couldnt be more pleased that the studios will remain open for the students and the community. explains Sands Partridge.
New owners, Professional Film and Theatre actor TOM PICKETT and his wife JACKIE PICKETT will continue Kids Only Acting Classes (KOAC) and Chameleon Studios tradition of offering fun and professional acting programs for actors of all ages taught by some of the best professional performing arts instructors in the lower mainland.

KOAC (ages 3 17) and Chameleon Studios (ages 18 and up) regular schedule of professional beginner to advanced acting programs and diverse monthly workshops will remain, with the addition of some new and exciting workshops for kids and adults such more casting director workshops and singing workshops focusing on Jazz, Blues, R&B and Gospel vocal instruction with an emphasis on stage performance.

Professional film and theatre actor TOM PICKETT will manage the creative side of the studios as Creative Director and JACKIE, will manage the business side as Business Operations and Registration.

Film and Stage actor, Tom Pickett brings over 50 years of diverse performance experience to the students of KOAC and Chameleon Studio. Tom grew up in Berkeley, California listening to the sounds of his fathers group The Four Aces whose tutelage may be sampled on the 1999 Flyright Fly CD 62: The Four Aces 1946-1955. Toms professional acting career began in Vancouver over 17 years ago quickly gaining film and television credits on Neon Rider, The Commish, X-Files. Most recently he can be seen inMasters of Horror, The Supernatural, Personal Effects, The Gym Teacher and Traveling. Tom extended his acting skills to the stage with the National and International tours of Hal Princes Show Boat, debuting at The Prince Edward Theatre in Londons West End. Tom has been seen in Athol Fugards Master Harold and the Boys (for which he received a Jessie Richardson Award), The Pacific Theatre, James Fagan Taits adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment (for which he received a Jessie Richardson Award nomination), NeWorld Theatre and Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, Chemainus Theatre 2002 and The Pacific Theatre 2007. Tom loves Shakespeare and has enjoyed five seasons at Bard on the Beach.

Tom and Jackie would like to invite the community to their OPEN HOUSE to meet the new management team and see some new workshop demonstrations, Saturday, September 6, 2008 at the studio located at #20 15531 24thAve., South Surrey, BC from Noon until 4pm.Tom and Jackie look forward to meeting the local acting community at the Open House and cant wait to show everyone whats in store for the Fall Schedule at KOAC ( and Chameleon Studio (

KOAC is currently registering for their June programs and workshops and Julys Summer Acting Camps for all ages. To register call Lorraine at 604.817.3602.

Michele Sands Partridge, owner KOAC/Chameleon Studio
Tel: 604.831.5324 Email:
Michele Sands Partridge

Tom Pickett, new owner of KOAC/Chameleon Studio as of August 1, 2008.
Phone: 604-943-9103, Cell Phone: 604-836-9103 Fax Number: 604-648-9088 E:

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